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27th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Another Raid Targeting al Qaeda in Kunar

Patrick Megahan

On Jan. 25, the International Security Assistance Force reported another operation in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province targeting a Taliban leader associated with al Qaeda. This follows a report three...

25th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Taliban Commander Targeted in Kunar Raid

Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force reported yesterday that an operation targeting an "al Qaeda associated Taliban leader" was conducted in Kunar province, Afghanistan on Jan. 23. Two insurgents...

21st January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Police Headquarters in Kabul

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched their second suicide assault against a security installation in the capital of Kabul in six days. The suicide assault team targeted the traffic police headquarters in western...

13th January 2013 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama met last week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses...

11th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills and Captures IMU Operatives in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition troops killed a facilitator for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar yesterday. In a separate raid...

9th January 2013 - The Atlantic

Learning From the Soviets: How to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One unique feature of Afghanistan's history, in addition to the ubiquity of foreign invasions that stretch back for 2600 years, is the manner in which one would-be conqueror after another found its position...

5th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise ‘Sacred Jihad’ if US Forces Remain in Afghanistan Past 2014

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have vowed to continue their "sacred jihad" if the Afghan government agrees to allow the United States to keep forces in Afghanistan past 2014. The Taliban made the statement as the Afghan...

31st December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills ‘Several’ al Qaeda-Linked Fighters in Kunar Raid

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

The International Security Assistance Force announced today that "several" insurgents were killed during an Afghan and Coalition force raid in Taliban-infested Kunar province. Following an inquiry by The Long War Journal...

26th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Attacks US Base in Khost

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack outside of a US base in eastern Afghanistan that is known to house CIA operatives who are hunting al Qaeda and other terrorist leaders across the border in Pakistan.

24th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Policewoman Kills US Military Adviser Inside Interior Ministry

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policewoman gunned down a US military adviser inside the Interior Ministry today. The insider, or green-on-blue, attack is the first in nearly six weeks, and the first recorded by a female member...

21st December 2012 - Quoted by Luke Mogelson, The New Republic

The Last Men

Thomas Joscelyn

Eleven years later, almost to the week, Griffis’s time in Afghanistan, along with that of the last of the additional forces sent there by President Obama in early 2010, came to an end. Charlie Troop pulled out...

10th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills Another al Qaeda Commander in Kunar Raid

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces killed another al Qaeda leader in the remote, Taliban-controlled province of Kunar during a raid last week.

5th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

What Good is It Giving the Turks Patriot Missiles?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press reports: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says NATO’s decision to send Patriot missiles to Turkey is a clear message to Syria: Turkey is backed by its allies.

5th December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches 2 Raids Targeting al Qaeda-Linked Commanders

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Yesterday the International Security Assistance Force conducted two raids targeting insurgent leaders with ties to al Qaeda inside Afghanistan. In the Watahpur district in Kunar province, Afghan and Coalition forces killed...

3rd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills IMU/Taliban District Commander in Afghan North

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed a dual-hatted Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Taliban district commander during a raid in northern Afghanistan four days ago.

2nd December 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks US Airbase in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team attacked Forward Operating Base Fenty, a large airbase in Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan, early this morning. The heavily armed Taliban assault team...

29th November 2012 - Foreign Policy

Georgian Dream Shows Its Dark Side

When Georgian President Mikheil Saakasvhili conceded defeat in parliamentary elections last month, he set an admirable and important precedent. Never before in the Caucasus, and only rarely in the post-Soviet...

26th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Another IMU ‘Weapons Facilitator’ Captured in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces captured a "weapons facilitator" from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during an operation in Kwajah district in Afghanistan's Takhar province yesterday.

26th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Analysis Shows Afghan Violence Remains Worse Than Before Surge

Thomas Joscelyn

During a speech at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that by "nearly every indication," the insurgency...

14th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Data Show Insurgent Attacks, Civilian Casualties Increased in September

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 23, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) released updated figures on the violence in Afghanistan. The data cover the period through September 2012, and as in previous...

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